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Officers Infiltrated Protest Groups While Preparing For 2012 Republican National Convention

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When Tampa was announced as the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention, law enforcement expected thousands of protestors to arrive with it.

The Tampa Bay Times recently reportedpart of law enforcement’s preparation included undercover officers infiltrating protest groups and working their way up into leadership roles.

Staff writer Richard Danielson wrote that story for the Times.  Danielson spoke with WGCU about how he found out about the story and what he learned about the operation.  

Danielson reported on how law enforcement got ready for the convention. He says at the time, the police had a two-part approach: First, they grew the size of the force to outnumber the protestors. Secondly, Danielson says, law enforcement tried to facilitate peaceful demonstrations.

But, three years later, a new part of the operation has been revealed.

Topher is a reporter at WGCU News.